The most discussed series between England and India started off today with a bang. England finished at 285 runs for the loss of 9 Wickets at the end of the day.
The weather was very much favorable for India few days before the Birmingham test, but heavy rain changed it just before 48 hours. Though the condition of the pitch did not change lot as Ashwin dominated the English batsmen and took 4 important Wickets to push them into the back foot.
After winning the toss, Root decided to bat first. Indian team selection was at center of attention on social media as Pujara & Kuldeep missed out from the first Xi. When the opening partnership was just building, Virat brought the only spinner into the attack and he dismissed Cook with a beauty. Ashwin probably gave the hint that he is gonna be a key factor in the match later on. Captain Root and Jennings’ partnership was broken by Md. Shami, who made a come-back with this series. Later he picked Malan’s wicket too.
Root and Bairstow made it little difficult for the bowlers but , at very crucial moment, a casual throw by Kohli picked the Wicket of Root. He made 80 off 156 before the unfortunate departure. And from then, England innings just broke down . Umesh dismissed Bairstow at 70 off 88. Ashwin took Buttler, Stokes & Broad to restrict England with in 300 on day 1.
It was Dinesh Karthik who missed an easy opportunity on the last ball. Now if India can get them all out with in 300 it would be interesting to see how the batting line up performs against the dangerous England bowling attack. A thrilling Day 2 awaits for us, surely.